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Pianist Jocelyn Dueck is widely known for her interpretations of new music, premiering and commissioning works by composers Lembit Beecher, Lisa Bielawa, Tom Cipullo, Conrad Cummings, Daniel Felsenfeld, Libby Larsen, Judd Greenstein, John Glover, Daron Hagen, Gabriel Kahane, Gilda Lyons, Robert Patterson, Kevin Puts, Matthew Schickele and Gregory Spears, to name a few. Jocelyn was a collaborator on the Billboard Chart-topper Five Borough Songbook, a seminal collection of songs by New York City’s most innovative composers as well as the second volume of the songbook in January of 2017.
Jocelyn is a featured artist on albums released in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Matthew Schickele’s solo and four-hands piano music marked four decades of duet playing with her brother, Byron Dueck. Love. Sex. Deathexplores cabaret music by “serious” composers,” including Poulenc, Bolcom and Schoenberg, and features chanteuse/raconteuse Sarah Chalfy. Durey Rediscovered highlights forty-one previously unrecorded songs by Louis Durey, collected in manuscript form from the Durey family by Jocelyn over a fourteen year period.
Jocelyn is an Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano at Carnegie Mellon and has served on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, Bard, NYU and Mannes College, doing language preparation for their opera departments as well as teaching diction. Specific contributions include English Diction for the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Program and a special accents and dialects class at CMU, Italian and German Diction at MSM, French and English language preparation at Juilliard, Italian Diction at Bard Conservatory, and German Lieder and American Art Song at Mannes. As a coach, Jocelyn has served on the music staffs at Glimmerglass Opera, Seattle Opera and Wolf Trap Opera, as well as past stints at L’Académie Internationale d’Été de Nice and the CoOPERAtive program at Westminster Choir College.
Honors and awards include grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council, Meet the Composer MetLife Creative Connections, American Composers Forum Encore, a Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship, and a Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade grant with her pianist sibling trio, Dueck Three for their concert tour of China. She is honored to have received the 2016 Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award from the Classical Recording Foundation.
Jocelyn is a Doctor of Musical Arts in Accompanying and Coaching (University of Minnesota) under the tutelage of Margo Garrett and Karl Paulnack. Her dissertation focused on the unpublished song cycles of Les Six composer Louis Durey. She is the leading expert on Durey’s songs in North America, having premiered the greater part of these cycles over the past decade. Jocelyn studied with Glenn Loewen, Judy Kehler Siebert, Elsie Rempel, and Alexander Braginsky as a child and young adult. A devotee of language study through music, Jocelyn is the founder of The Center for Language in Song, an institute dedicated to the art of song performance.
All site photography by Dan Wonderly